A zine - pronounced zeen - short for magazine - is an independently- or self- published booklet, often created by a single person. Zines are most often created by cutting and gluing words and images together onto a master flat, or by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usualy photocopied, folded and stapled, though some zines are printed offset or even perfect bound.
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Zines are most often distributed by trade, or sold at house shows, zine events or by zine distros. Prices vary, some zines are distributed for free or may cost $1-$3. Rarely do photocopied zines cost more than $3. Other zines, the perfect-bound or full-color zines, may cost up to $10 or more.
Zines are a ephemeric medium. Most don't have ISSN or ISBNs. Many aren't preserved the way other documents are. To combat this, a few zine libraries now exist in coffee house basements, bookstore storage rooms and college campuses all over the world. A zine library accepts donations from zinesters and others, catalogs these zines and will usually allow their collection to be browsed or borrowed from.